Consultant Biographies

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Rachel Alaynick
Rachel Alaynick
Major: Government

Rachel Alaynick is a junior with a soft spot for all things comedy. When not at CWPD or laughing at stand-up comedy, you can find her hiking, skydiving, or struggling to lift weights at Roberts. Rachel loves helping writers at all stages of the writing process, especially with brainstorming and outlining. If you're looking for someone to help evaluate your argument, review your work with a hawk-like attention to detail, or translate your seemingly abstract ideas into a concrete essay outline, Rachel's your girl.

 
Shreya Bhatnagar
Shreya Bhatnagar
Major: Psychology and International Relations

Shreya is a sophomore hailing from the (sometimes) sunny city of Bangalore, India. She has a soft spot for dark humor, Broadway musicals, classic rock, and spontaneously bursting into song and dance on the street. Her favorite part of the writing process is a tie between organizing or brainstorming written works and she is also experienced at calming down stressed-out writers (having learned how to do so from personal experience). She's also ridiculously good at making puns but has accepted that no pun can ever be a “good” pun. Puns are just “conversational candy.”

 
Elena Castellanos
Elena Castellanos
Major: Government

Elena was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Her passion for public service and public policy has led her to study Government at CMC. On campus, Elena can be seen picking up a Coconut Crème Bowl of Soul at the Motley, nerding out over the latest redistricting news for her research at the Rose Institute, or attempting to stay on beat during spin at Roberts. Elena loves listening to political podcasts, re-watching West Wing episodes, and yelping her next food adventure. She likes to learn about the various topics students are writing about at CMC and to help students develop their voices through writing.

 
Sarah Ceja
Sarah Ceja
Major: Literature

Sarah is a first-year from Los Angeles, California. She is a literature major who aspires to one day become a teacher and a published author. On campus, she is involved with the CCE Tutoring Program, The Children's School, Mi Gente, and 1Gen. Aside from writing, Sarah enjoys learning new songs on the guitar, analyzing any and all types of poetry, discovering new music, and exploring all of the best places to eat in Los Angeles. She loves being part of the CWPD community and getting to know you all better through writing!

 
Seoyoon Choi
Seoyoon Choi
Major: International Relations & Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)

Seoyoon is a junior studying International Relations and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Seoyoon was born and raised in South Korea but also lived in Maryland during her middle school years (she concluded that west coast really is the best coast). Outside of CWPD, she enjoys listening to podcasts, looking at pictures of food, and reading mystery novels, so please give her recommendations on any of those three. Seoyoon is excited to work with CMC students and get to know them as writers!

 
Rishi Raj Deva
Rishi Raj Deva
Major: Economics and Philosophy (Dual) with a sequence in Financial Economics

Rishi is a sophomore from Mumbai, India aspiring to major in PPE. He has always been fond of writing and loves to read others' work not only to help them, but also to gain invaluable insights to further improve his own. Rishi's strengths lie in critical and analytical writing, but he also enjoys all forms of expression and can often be found writing on just about anything when academics can spare him. He understands how difficult it is to show your writing to another person and, in this regard, appreciates any and all forms of writing by identifying the strengths in the work while pinpointing areas where there may be room for improvement. He strongly believes in working with, rather than for, others and makes sure to fully include the writer in each consultation. Even If you are just looking to brainstorm and consolidate your ideas, give Rishi a visit!

 
Danielle Dominguez
Danielle Dominguez
Major: Literature & History

Danielle is a junior studying Literature and History. She grew up in Burbank, CA and loves that she gets to enjoy the California sunshine for a few more years. You can normally find her working at the Ath (mostly in the kitchen making chocolate covered strawberries!), reading fiction novels, drinking her daily cups of coffee, and watching Westworld. She looks forward to working with students at the CWPD on the writing process and helping them gain confidence in their work. Feel free to say hello when you see her around campus!

 
Romi Ferder
Romi Ferder
Major: Psychology & Philosophy

Romi is a sophomore from the endlessly fascinating city of Irvine, CA. She is majoring in Psychology and Philosophy, but has racked up an impressive number of science classes that will be useful for neither major. Romi enjoys Parks and Recreation, doing the sprinkler dance for no apparent reason, and talking so fast she sounds like the Swedish Chef. Romi also frequently trips over air and falls out of chairs. She does not enjoy this. Romi loves to talk to new people and can't wait to see you at the CWPD!

 
Kandace Fung
Kandace Fung
Majors: Biology

Kandace lives in Corona, California, a city just 30 minutes away from Claremont. At Claremont, she is a member of Shogo Taiko, a traditional Japanese drumming group, an intern at the Asian American Resource Center (AARC), and a research assistant at Keck Science Institute (KGI). Off campus, she works as a scribe at 3 hospital in West Covina! She dreams of becoming a physician while writing best-selling novels in her free time. Besides creative writing, she loves spoken word, drinking tea, playing the piano, watching Netflix, and finding good ramen places. She is excited to interact with new people and to collaborate on writing together!

 
Gabe Gluskin-Braun
Gabe Gluskin-Braun
Major: Undeclared

Gabe is a sophomore from Philadelphia who enjoys studying history, with a special focus on war and politics. He plays for the men's ultimate frisbee team, the Claremont Braineaters, and is in the leadership of the Jewish spiritual group Nishmat on the Claremont Colleges. He enjoys writing and skateboarding in his free time and loves taking trips into nature. He is excited to help CMC students bring the best of themselves to their writing endeavors.

 
Cameron Hendrickson
Cameron Hendrickson
Major: Government

Cameron is a freshman hailing all the way from Los Angeles, California. Her favorite things to do are watch bad movies, listen to podcasts, and freak out over the news. Cameron loves to brainstorm with writers because she enjoys learning about their ideas and knows how good it feels when you organize your thoughts. Also, correcting grammar is one of her hobbies, so feel free to bring her any of your complicated word-puzzles and she'll help you figure them out!.

 
Emma Henson
Emma Henson
Major: International Relations + German

Emma Henson is a senior from Sarasota, Florida studying International Relations and German. You can normally find her writing fiction, reading fiction, watching HBO shows, or looking for a new adventure. When not busy with school work, Emma likes to argue incessantly about politics, listen to any and all true crime podcasts, and tag her friends in Dogspotting posts on Facebook. An avid supporter of the Oxford comma, Emma is excited to be a part of the CWPD team and to read your wonderful writing.

 
Jahnavi Kocha
Jahnavi Kocha
Major: Neuroscience and History Dual Major

Jahnavi is a Senior studying Science and Management with an Environmental sequence. Having grown up in urban Mumbai and having lived in Europe for a while, Jahnavi loves to adventure on and off campus. Other than being a Head Consultant at the CWPD, Jahnavi spends time as one of the RAs of Crown Hall, researching with EnviroLab Asia and looking for table-tennis partners. Jahnavi is also hugely passionate about Claremont Women In Business and being outdoors. When she is not pondering life or reading tech books, you can find her at the Motley with an almond milk latte.

 
Riya Kumar
Riya Kumar
Major: Psychology

Riya is a junior hailing from Chennai, India. While many complain about the lack of seasons in California, Riya only ever experienced one season back home - summer. Apart from the CWPD, she has been involved with the Berger Institute and Psych Club. After much deliberation in her sophomore year, she declared Psychology as her major. However, she naturally gravitates towards taking writing classes ranging from Chaucer to Modern Chinese Politics. She has a passion for organizing writing and reverse outlining, and enjoys working with students at CMC.

 
Caity Kwun
Caity Kwun
Major: Neuroscience and History Dual Major

Caity is a junior from the snowy mountains of Utah currently pursuing a Neuroscience-History dual major. When she isn’t at CWPD, you can find her golfing, looking for new music, enjoying the great outdoors, deciding what her next meal will be, or all of the above. Most TV shows are fair game for discussion, but she has a soft spot for This Is Us. She’s excited to help writers in all stages of writing in any way she can and can’t wait to meet you!

 
Silvia LeBlanc
Silvia LeBlanc
Major: Biochemistry

Silvia is a senior at Claremont McKenna College, and is majoring in Biochemistry. Some of her favorite activities include running, swimming, drawing, and painting. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with Crossroads and Habitat for Humanity. On Fridays you can find her in the lab, where she is investigating the expression levels of the CENH3_A and CENH3_B paralogs during meiosis and mitosis within Mimulus guttatus for her senior thesis. In addition to giving private swim lessons, Silvia works as a writing consultant at the Center for Writing and Public Discourse at CMC.

 
Amiya Narula
Amiya Narula
Majors: International Relations + Spanish

Amiya is a sophomore from New Delhi, India. She is an International Relations and Spanish dual major but also loves Literature. When she was 16 she moved away to boarding school in Costa Rica and spent her last two years of high school hanging out with sloths and iguanas. On campus, Amiya competes with the Model UN team and works as an Events Commissioner for ASCMC. Amiya absolutely loves coffee and makes her own, so find her if you’re looking for someone to drink coffee and talk about life or literature with. She loves to make bad jokes and can often be found at the hub harassing all of her friends who have to listen to her. She is super excited to be working at the CWPD and can’t wait to meet new people and talk about new ideas.

 
Andrew Ock
Andrew Ock
Major: International Relations

Andrew is a sophomore planning to dual major in International Relations and Literature. He is from Long Island, New York, which means that he is unwilling to say LA>NY due to his strong ties with his home state. Outside of CWPD, he loves to hike, have meaningful conversations, and meet new people. Andrew also enjoys trying different types of food at various restaurants, so if you ever want to try something new, hit him up! He enjoys working with students and helping them develop their passion in writing!

 
Chandler Presson
Chandler Presson
Major: Literature and History

Chandler is a sophomore from Raleigh, North Carolina majoring in Literature and History. While not at the CWPD, you can find her reading a book somewhere grassy on campus, writing for The Forum, in a board meeting for ASCMC, or arguing over the necessity of the Oxford comma (definitely a necessity). Chandler enjoys working at the CWPD because she believes every student has the ability to be confident in their writing. If you ever want to do some writing or grab some coffee, she can't wait to meet you!

 
Sophia Robinson
Sophia Robinson
Majors: Media Studies & History

Sophia is a sophomore dual majoring in Media Studies and History. She has lived in Madagascar and Ukraine but most recently has escaped from Washington, D.C., preferring California to Capitol Hill. Around school, you can find her reading outside the History offices or in Poppa, frantically typing an essay after drinking too much coffee. In her free time she reads novel, makes art, and plays Bananagrams competitively. Sophia has a special love for film and TV dramas, so if you want to chat about movies or give her your password for your HBO GO account she will happily accept. She will read anything from your screenplay to your thesis, and Sophia has a special talent for unscrambling messy outlines.

 
Zoey Ryu
Zoey Ryu
Major(s): Government & Literature; Ethics Sequence + Korean (Language Help)

Zoey is a dual citizen of America and South Korea and calls both places “home.” She loves traveling and if you talk to her about possible destinations, she will try and convince you to visit her in Korea. You can get her to attend any event, as long as there is free coffee. In her free time, she writes minimalist poetry, takes walks, listens to Broadway music, and teaches yoga. She can’t wait to meet you at CWPD!

 
Yoana Sidzhimova
Yoana Sidzhimova
Major: International Relations

Yoana is a freshman from Glenview, IL majoring in International Relations. In addition to working at the CWPD, Yoana is on Claremont McKenna's Model UN team and works as an analyst for the Claremont Consulting Group. In her free time, Yoana loves finding new coffee shops with pleasant study environments that feed her love for caffeine. Yoana likes the new perspective on writing the CWPD grants her and enjoys bonding with peers who have a passion for improving their writing. If you have a love for foreign policy and inquiring into the motives behind nations' actions, don't be afraid to eagerly approach Yoana wherever you might see her!

 
Julie Tran
Julie Tran
Major: Government + Literature

Julie is a sophomore from sunny San Diego, California. She is a Government and Literature dual major, and loves to read and write. When she isn't working at the CWPD, she works on the Social Innovation and Impact team at KLI, writes for the international journalism lab at the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, and volunteers in community service projects with the Claremont Colleges Circle K club. On any given day, you can find her drinking boba (a lot of boba), reading Shakespeare (he's a genius!), and/or organizing her Google calendar. She is extremely excited to help foster and support writers on campus, and further improve herself as a writer.

 
Sofia Trigo
Sofia Trigo
Major: PPE

Sofia is a sophomore majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics with an interest in literature and history. Growing up in New York City means Sofia loves meeting new people, eating great food, and drinking coffee. At CMC, Sofia works as a journalist for the Kravis Leadership Institute, a reporter for "The Forum" newspaper, and a writer for bi-partisan publication "The Radius". Off campus, Sofia loves to travel, to play soccer, and to watch "Curb Your Enthusiasm." She loves being part of the CWPD community and enjoys building meaningful connections with student-writers!

 
Melanie Wolfe
Melanie Wolfe
Major: Government

Melanie is a sophomore hailing from South Florida and majoring in Government with a Public Policy sequence, which she can assure you is way more fun than it sounds! She loves political science, but also numbers...and definitely chocolate. You can find her baking in Janie's kitchen, reading ebooks from the various libraries from which she (mostly legally) has acquired cards, or working on policy programming for the new 5C chapter of the Roosevelt Institute network. She'd love to read your papers about government, philosophy, or the world, and if you really can't find her, just track down her planner, in which every moment of her day is accounted for.

 
Benjamin Wolters
Benjamin Wolters
Major: Biology

Ben is a sophomore who loves to connect with new people. He is an approachable consultant and understands that the writing process can seem daunting to anybody. His goal as a CWPD consultant is to help students see the liberating side of writing that students often lose sight of at school. Ben has lots of consulting experience from SOURCE and uses it to approach new ideas and subjects at the CWPD. Outside of school you will find Ben attempting to learn the piano or reminiscing on his days as a baseball player. Ben's favorite part of writing is untangling convoluted ideas and transforming them into clear and powerful arguments. If you are looking to become a more concise writer give Ben a visit!